1932-11-04 Tony Canzoneri w pts 15 Billy Petrolle, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1932-11-04 Tony Canzoneri w pts 15 Billy Petrolle, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ed Gunboat Smith. Although Petrolle (134½) found it difficult to make the weight for Canzoneri (132) that should not detract from the latter’s performance, which was superb. For the first 11 rounds the challenger was in with a chance, but the last five sessions all belonged to Canzoneri who outboxed and outslugged the slugger to well earn the unanimous verdict. Trading punches with the ever-dangerous Petrolle showed the champion’s fearlessness, the fight being be recognised as one of his best.

Despite being elevated to the number-one spot in The Ring magazine ratings after beating Canzoneri in a non-title fight on 20 April, Wesley Ramey was overlooked in favour of Barney Ross as the next challenger. To add salt into the wound, by the time Ross took on the champion Ramey had already lost his top ranking after being defeated by Tony Herrera.